Monroe County Republican precinct committee members unanimously voted Saturday for John Newlin to be on November’s ballot as the GOP candidate for 3rd district county commissioner. Republicans did not have a candidate on the primary ballot. In that case, state law allows parties to hold a caucus and choose a candidate for the general election.
Newlin served on the county plan commission for more than nine years but left county government to start a business. He says he decided to get back into politics because he thinks the county needs to change the way it handles economic issues.
“We need to be more friendly with the builders and the developers of this community and try and get more business into this community,” he says. “Instead of raising taxes, if we create more jobs then they will get the taxes that they need.”
Newlin is also against storm water drainage fees, an additional tax on property owners in Monroe County that the county council voted on last July. He says those fees are unnecessary and have restricted the county’s housing industry.
Newlin was the only candidate who filed for the seat. He will face incumbent Democrat Iris Kiesling for the commissioner’s seat in November.